Kick-off: 1230, 29/04/2023
Stadium: Selhurst Park
TV: BT Sport
Crystal Palace and West Ham will both be looking to bounce back from midweek Premier League defeats at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Each team had previously edged clear of the relegation zone in recent weeks and may now settle for a share of the spoils at this stage.
Punters can get 11/5 for a draw in this London derby and that is our first Crystal Palace vs West Ham prediction.
Five of their last six meetings ended in stalemate and the other six were only settled by a one-goal margin either way.
Hodgson honeymoon period over?
Roy Hodgson returned to Palace in a blaze of glory with three straight wins but must now recover from a couple of moderate results.
The Eagles were held to a goalless stalemate on home turf by struggling Everton and went down 2-0 to Wolves at Molineux on Tuesday.
Joachim Andersen’s own goal and a late Ruben Neves penalty put Wanderers level on points with Palace, eight clear of the drop zone.
“Credit to Wolves, we had such a lot of the ball in the second half and some of the football was very good, but they defended well,” said Hodgson.
“It was hard for us, with that number of players, to create a lot of space to get the equaliser I believed we were going to get and we deserved.
“Then the worst thing happens when you get robbed of those last three or four minutes where there is hope. I don’t think 2-0 is a fair reflection on how the game went.
“We do have a healthy margin to the bottom three but I’m not interested in trying to preach to the players that we need X amount of points to stay up.
“I enjoyed the performance but of course you don’t enjoy defeats.”
No top-flight club has scored fewer home goals than Palace this season, but this fixture does tend to provide plenty of entertainment.
Both teams have scored in their last 11 head-to-head meetings and it is Crystal Palace vs West Ham odds.
Last Palace line-up: Johnstone, Mitchell, Guehi, Andersen, Richards, Milivojevic, Lokonga, Hughes, Olise, Ayew, Eze.
Hammers have steadied ship
West Ham boosted their survival hopes with a superb 4-0 success at Bournemouth but were edged out 2-1 when entertaining Liverpool on Wednesday.
The Hammers led early on through a wonder strike from Lucas Paqueta but were pegged back by Cody Gakpo’s long-range drive.
In the second half, Joel Matip struck the decisive blow from a corner moments after Jarrod Bowen had a goal disallowed for offside.
United were denied a late penalty after the referee decided not to award a spot-kick when Thiago’s arm hit the ball as he challenged Danny Ings in the box.
“I think the hardest thing to take is the disrespect from VAR, that VAR wouldn’t have at least said to the referee that this might be worth having a look,” fumed David Moyes.
“That tells me they don’t see that as even close to a decision. I’m surprised.
“Somebody in VAR didn’t have enough football knowledge to understand that this could be close.
“Whoever it was chose not to send the referee. VAR, for me, showed no respect whatsoever to us.”
Taking aside that late controversy, West Ham will be content with their overall form, only losing to Newcastle in their previous 10 games in all competitions.
Paqueta has finally begun to show why he cost over £50million from Lyon last summer, scoring in three straight matches.
The Brazilian can be backed at 5/1 to net at any time here and that is added to our Crystal Palace vs West Ham betting tips.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Zouma, Coufal, Aguerd, Paqueta, Bowen, Benrahma, Soucek, Rice, Antonio.
(Assist: Michael Olise)
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(Assist: Tomas Soucek)
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